183 Years and Counting

Children’s Friend has been providing safe, temporary homes for children since 1834. Before the Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children and the Department of Children Youth and Family, there was Harriet Ware and a concerned group of Providence citizens. It is quite impossible to measure the number of children that have had their lives changed for the better.

Harriet quickly identified the needs of the poor, vulnerable children roaming in the India Point section of Providence and took them into her home. She not only provided food and clothing and a safe place to live, but also ensured that the children were educated as well.

Fast forward to 2017, and our agency continues to work with some very special people to provide the love and care that our little ones so desperately need. It may be a short stay until they can be reunified with their birth parents or a longer one ending in adoption. In either case, permanency for the children is the ultimate goal.

May is National Foster Care Appreciation Month. Here at Children’s Friend, we celebrate, honor and appreciate our Foster Parents all year long. They are part of the team that puts vulnerable children and their best interests first. But on May 4th, we celebrate together with a dinner to honor and thank them. With our Foster Parents, their families, and our dedicated Permanency Team, our children will continue to have the opportunities they deserve.

To learn about the joys of being a Foster Parent, please contact Joyce LaFrance Tormey at 401.276.4318 or jtormey@cfsri.org to make an appointment that fits your schedule.